Apr 15, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump adds his name to coronavirus stimulus checks

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President Trump's name will be added to printed coronavirus stimulus checks that are set to begin rolling out next month, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: It will be the first time an IRS disbursement features a presidential signature. But the president does not hold authorization to sign disbursements by the U.S. Treasury, so Trump's name will be placed in the memo line instead.

  • The actual signature will be by an official from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service — the division of the Treasury Department that prints the checks.
  • The Treasury Department denies concerns that adding the signature could delay disbursements.

The big picture: Paper checks for coronavirus stimulus payments will be distributed to Americans without direct deposit accounts set up with the IRS.

  • The checks won't start being mailed until the week of May 4, and they'll go out at a rate of 5 million checks per week. That means the latest checks will reach recipients by in August.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.